Boats and harmony – or, harmony on a boat

We make good our promise to ourselves to have more fun and our promise to our friends by hooking up with them during their camping trip by heading to Lake Sonoma and hiring a boat for the afternoon. M is happy on the water, the kids are super happy to surprise their friends by arriving on a motor boat and I’m happy to see everyone happy. Perfect.

M impresses the kids – and me – by wake boarding. Pretty cool. He pays for it for days with aching limbs, but definitely worth it. And to round of a great afternoon we head into Healdsburg for dinner at one of our favorite spots, the Healdsburg Bar and Grill (

Once recovered the next day, we decide to check out the new local restaurant, The Counter ( The perfect burger joint for g-freeites, as they do a burger in a bowl – no bread, just salad. You get to build your own burger and you even get to decide how big its going to be – C is delighted. Its also a dog friendly place, so Milo tags along and we sit outside under a big sun umbrella. Cool. We head to friends for a BBQ that evening (more food) and take along a gluten free sacher torte from Mollie Stones ( It’s a perfect indulgent chocolate cake. C is not the only one who is drooling. I can’t remember the last time I ate so much cake.

To burn off all of the indulgences of the previous day, M & I head out for a yoga class at Mill Valley Yoga Works. The class is amazing. Thank you to Nicole Mickelson!( After the class, M and I head to Wholefoods to get a juice, but we discover that the new Wholefoods ( in Mill Valley doesn’t have a juice bar. None the less, I find myself delighted by the amazing fresh pretzels at the bakery counter and Martin and I have a quick sneaky gluten fest before we head back home. I am amazed at how much gluten free food there is in stock – it seems to have increased since the beginning of the summer. I find gluten free cheerios and the kids are super happy when I bring them home.

I quiz M as to what his intention was in the yoga class. I’m expecting some wonderful holistic answer (mine was harmony). Instead he just replies “boat”. It seems that his dream of having a boat may soon become a reality, if it’s true that intentions do actually happen. I conclude that a family boat would equal harmony and so both of our intentions are en route to fulfillment.

For lunch I finally make the planned buckwheat and pear pancakes. Delicious! I add a tablespoon of olive oil and a knob of butter to the recipe in my last post. This is how they look with a little maple syrup:


  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup milk (I’ll be using lactose free)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey (or I think I’ll try agave nectar)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • knob of butter
  • ripe pears, peeled and sliced

How to make:

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and beat well.

2. Add more milk or buckwheat flour as necessary to make a free flowing batter

3. Pour a small amount of batter into a frying pan. Place sliced pears on top. The pancakes are ready to flip when the edge starts to look dry.

4. Enjoy!


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